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Chelsea boss Mourinho: Referee Jones could have sorted Fabregas problem with words

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes referee Mike Jones could have solved an issue on Monday night very differently.

The match official brandished a red card after Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas kicked a ball at Chris Brunt just before the half-hour mark of the champions' 3-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Fabregas acted mindlessly as Jones tried to diffuse a situation between Diego Costa and Gareth McAuley but manager Mourinho believes his player should not have been sent off.

"With experienced referees, stable, big personality, in control of the game, I think [they use] words," he told Sky Sports.

"Especially in a game where you play for nothing, and when it was just nothing special, it was a ball without any aggression, I think one of the top referees would resolve the problem with words.

"But Michael decided to give a red card, which I disagree with completely, but he's the referee."

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